Obituaries

Obituaries Howard Major Thomas<</B>P> Howard Major Thomas died at the home of his daughter, Theresa, on Aug. 6, 2005.

Howard was born Feb. 14, 1918 in Elwood Township, Gosper County, NE, at the home of his maternal grandparents. He was the son of Percy Erastus Thomas and Ethel Mae Major Thomas.

He grew up in Gosper and Furnas County, NE, graduating from eighth grade at the age of 12. He spent the next three years out of school because he was needed on the farm and his family couldn�t afford to send the children to town to high school until one of them was old enough to drive.

When he was 15, he and his brother and sister were taught their freshman year of high school by his uncle, Hendrick Ellsworth Paine and then the three finished up their high school in Arapahoe, NE, graduating in 1937. He then enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corps and spent almost a year on building projects in Nebraska and South Dakota, the first time he had left Nebraska.

He then went to Kearney State Teacher�s College, graduating in 1942. He taught high school in Edison, NE, for several months before being called up. He enlisted in the 14th Army Air Corps and became a pilot. He was sent overseas and flew a B-24 bomber in China with the Flying Tigers.

Before being sent overseas, he married a young woman he had met in college, Mary Elizabeth Porter, on June 12, 1943 in Winfield, KS. After being discharged, Howard decided to go on to school and attended the University of Iowa and was awarded a Ph.D in chemistry in 1949, taking his orals the day after the birth of his third daughter.

He taught at St. Ambrose College in Davenport for a few years. He had joined the National Guard in graduate school to help support his growing family and was called up for the Korean conflict.

He spent a little over a year in Korea with army intelligence with the 4th National Guard Division of Illinois. On his return he and his family moved to Vermillion, where he taught for five years at The University of South Dakota.

In 1958 he moved to Superior, WI, where he was department chair and taught chemistry at the University of Wisconsin, Superior. He retired in 1982.

During his teaching career he took time to teach in Madison for one year and Cape Coast, Ghana for one year. He often spent his summers away for teaching and study and ran a summer program for high school students for many years.

After his retirement he and his wife Mary bought a nine-hole golf course in Hayward, WI, which they ran for nine years. After his retirement he and Mary spent their summers in Wisconsin and their winters in Texas until the past few years when they retired to apartment living in Minnesota close to family.

Howard was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Leland, Walter Ivan and Merle, his sister Grace, and other close relatives.

He is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Mary; daughters Pat (Dan Waseen) of Winona, MN, Donna (Rory Sutton) of Jacksonville, FL, Barbara (James) Ludack, Minneapolis, MN, Theresa (Michael White), Minneapolis, MN, Meg (Wendy Crowell) (Toby McAdams), Minneapolis, MN; and son David (Diane Steigerwald), Milwaukee, WI; daughter-in-law Susan Smith Thomas; and grandchildren Thad Romberg of St. Paul, Eric and Eli Thomas of Milwaukee, Jessica (Chris) Mikkelson of St. Paul, Elizabeth Ludack of Schofield, WI, Arianne (Abram Doval) Waseen of Iowa City, IA, Claire and Adam Thomas of Minneapolis; and two great-grandchildren, Grace and Arlo Mikkelson of St. Paul; and many close cousins and nephews and nieces.

Howard will be greatly missed by family and friends. He was well known for his long stories about interesting times in his life. He was active in his communities, being involved in the Boy Scouts for many years, long after his children were all grown.

He was a life-long member of the Methodist church, sang in the church choir and loved the old hymns. He remained an active learner his entire life, belonged to the American Chemical Society and attended their meetings through his retirement.

He was always interested in the people he met and loved to talk to people from different countries. He loved to travel and went back to China several times after his retirement. He golfed for many years and enjoyed bowling, bridge and other social activities. He was generous in his gifts to family and the community.

The funeral was held Monday, Aug. 8 at Walker Methodist Health Care Center Chapel at 2 p.m. in Minneapolis. Burial was in Fort Snelling Cemetery in St. Paul. Howard�s grandchildren were the pallbearers. Washburn McReavy Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Lt. Col. Carvel R. 'Bud' Artley

Colonel Carvel R. �Bud� Artley passed away at North Valley Hospital in Whitefish, MT, on July 7, 2005, after a long battle with cancer.

Colonel Artley was born in Vermillion on Oct. 14, 1922. His parents were G. Kenneth and Eleanor (Rutherford) Artley. He attended school in Vermillion and graduated from Vermillion High School in 1940.

He attended The University of South Dakota until enlisting in the Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet program. Upon graduation as a 2nd Lieutenant and pilot, he was assigned to an advanced fighter pilot unit in Hammond, LA, for training before being transferred to 9th Air Force, 362nd Fighter Group, 377th Fighter Squadron in England.

While in Louisiana he was married to his sweetheart, Dorothy Jane Bunker of Yankton, on Dec. 11, 1943.

Colonel Artley flew 84 missions in P-47 Thunderbolt fighters from England before D-Day and then on the continent supporting Patton�s 3rd Army across France.

His military career after World War II included duty with Air Defense Command, Iceland Air Defense Force, Military Air Transport Command, Southern Air Command Panama Canal Zone, 315th Air Commando Wing, 311th Air Commando Squadron in Vietnam, and Tactical Air Command.

While in Military Air Transport Command he flew worldwide routes in C-124 Cargo aircraft, which included all the hot spots in the world, such as the Congo crisis in Africa and Cuban crisis. While in Panama he flew C-118 aircraft throughout Central and South America, and participated in the Dominican Republic crisis.

In Vietnam he flew 1,000 hours in C123K aircraft with the 311th Air Commando Squadron throughout all areas of Vietnam, but mainly supporting Army Special Forces and Marine Corps forces in the northern section of South Vietnam. He ended his military career at Langley AFB, VA, flying VC-118 aircraft and as personal pilot for the Commanding General United States Army Continental Command, Fort Monroe, VA.

Colonel Artley was awarded two Silver Star medals, the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, 20 Air Medals, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Two Presidential Unit citations, two Air Force outstanding unit awards and numerous other awards and ribbons.

On retirement in 1971, Colonel and Mrs. Artley built their first retirement home in Tucson, AZ. After three years, they moved to Fallbrook, CA, where they remained for 18 years.

They then moved to Whitefish, MT, in 1992 to be near their two sons and where they built their final home.

Colonel Artley is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy; their two sons, Donald Artley of Florence, MT, and Douglas Artley of Whitefish; three sisters, Gwen Biersbach of Mobridge, Eleanor McDonald, and Sally and her husband, Mark Meisenholder, of Fallbrook, CA; a sister-in-law, Donna Davidson, Red Bluff, CA; two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, six nieces and five nephews.

Colonel Artley was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers-in-law, one infant grandson, and one nephew. He has requested there will be no services; he has been cremated and his ashes will be scattered on the family land near Whitefish. Memorials may be donated to the Humane Society.

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